Question about the CHOKE

NeutronBomb

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My choke lever on my chinese engine is always at down. That's how I fire it up, and I never change it while I'm riding. Is this a bad thing? A few times when I've tried to pull it up it just cuts the engine off..So now I don't bother.
Where should my choke be set?
Thanks!
 

misteright1_99

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The choke should be down (open). When you lift it up (closed) and the engine cuts off that is a good sign that you have no intake air leaks...Sometime you might have to use it to start only perhaps on a cold day, or maybe after sitting awhile....
 

frenchman159

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I leave it on for the first three or four minutes of running till it warms up than i can turn the handle down ( open, full air ). I'm convinced that it differs motor to motor. Adjust the E clip down until it idles and runs nice warmed up and your usually good to go !!!!!!
 

nitroscope8

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Mine starts quickly after this process: Prime the carb 5 or so times. Put choke to full and back it off slighly. Get a good start and release clutch. After about 3 seconds it starts. After 20 or so seconds I put the choke fully off and begin my ride.
 

Bikeguy Joe

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Mine starts quickly after this process: Prime the carb 5 or so times. Put choke to full and back it off slighly. Get a good start and release clutch. After about 3 seconds it starts. After 20 or so seconds I put the choke fully off and begin my ride.
You can just hold the tickler down- it holds the float down so gas goes into the bowl.
 

Pablo

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My choke lever on my chinese engine is always at down. That's how I fire it up, and I never change it while I'm riding. Is this a bad thing? A few times when I've tried to pull it up it just cuts the engine off..So now I don't bother.
Where should my choke be set?
Thanks!
Hey if it works - mine is very much temperature dependent. Warm days, I really don't need the choke.

How does your sparky plug look?
 

cityevader

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Fortunately, I live partway up a hill, so the first 150 yards are downhill to the main road. After six feet and dropping the clutch (40 degree temp) it fires right up. Noticed a lot of backfiring if choke unused, less if choke closed. But the 30 second downhill doesn't warm engine enough, and it's a good 3/4 mile (maybe 2.5 minutes) before it's running halfway decent.
It hasn't been below 40 degrees yet, and I haven't had to use the choke once, except that I want to keep the popping noise level down for the neighbors while I coast down to the highway.